Friday, September 9, 2011

The Story

It's quiet here. Sylas is at school. Ivy and daddy are swimming at the YMCA. 

And me? I'm sitting in a chair with my baby snuggled into the moby wrap. I'm in awe of his soft skin and sweet baby breaths and delicious scent. We were discharged together. This is a first and quite frankly, a dream come true. 

Now for the story.

I woke up Monday (Labor Day, how fitting, right?) at 6:45 a.m. with my first strong contraction. Thinking to myself, hmmm....this might be it, I started timing. I timed for 30 minutes and the contractions were 5 minutes apart. By this time, both Sylas and Ivy were in our bed and I said to Ryan, "This might be it. Maybe we should get ready?"

My parents were out of town for the weekend, so I called my sister and warned her that we might need her a bit later in the day. Ryan proceeded to get the kids breakfast then jump in the shower. I dressed, made the bed, finished packing my bag and started the dishes. It was now 7:45 a.m., contractions were two minutes apart and becoming unbearable. I thought to myself, "Maybe we should get going."

You think?

I called my sister again and told her to come right away. The only problem is that it was a 30 minute drive for her and then a 30 minute drive to the hospital. At 8 a.m., not able to wait any longer, Ryan called some friends from church who lived nearby. It is incredible how fast this awesome dad and 3 kids were at our house. Their baby was even asleep when Ryan called and still they were at the house within 5 minutes. 

The drive to the hospital was excruciating. All the while I was praying I wouldn't have this baby on the highway and also gouging the center console of our Honda Pilot to death. I'm still digging vinyl out of my fingernails. Sorry Love.

We arrived at the hospital at 8:40 a.m., they checked dilation at 9 a.m.....I was at a six. By 9:30, I said, " I REALLY NEED TO PUSH!" Checked again, dilated to a 10. And at 9:54 a.m., screaming his sweet little head off,  August Nathaniel entered the world. 

He was posterior, or as one nurse said, sunny side up, which apparently slowed down my labor. Pushing him out that way sans drugs was one of the most difficult experiences of my life, but if he would've been facing down, my midwife was sure he would've been born in the car.

Sylas and Ivy are completely smitten and taking their role as big brother and sister quite seriously. 

Thank you for your well wishes on the last post. Your words of encouragement and love mean more than you know. I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

I know we will.


  1. Oh my goodness what a story! So glad he is here and you have him in your arms!


  2. what a precious blessing!!! i just want to hold him, too :)

    congrats again to you all!!

    God is great!

  3. Your kids look like their Daddy! Thanks for the blow by blow account! Funny how by the 3rd baby we think we can wait til the last minute. The same happened to me! May God truly comfort you and fill your cup to overflowing! I'm really happy for you.

    +Val Eliason

  4. Bri, you are so amazing! How lucky is August to be part of your family! Enjoy!

  5. Ohh Bri...your eye made me cry. So much in those eyes. Holding your HUGE baby against your skin. I love you and him AND the whole stinkin' family.

    Know that you are in my heart and always will be!
    Hugs and Kisses.

  6. Incredible! Can't believe how fast your boy came! Thanks for sharing your story. Much love and hope you had a great birthday:) xoxo

  7. I love labor stories, and yours is awesome! And I'm praising the Lord that you were able to walk out of the hospital with your son in your arms. I'm crying happily for you!

    My third son (who ironically is a Nathaniel) was nearly born in our car too - my labor wasn't nearly as short as yours, but I took my time, thinking "this can't be it". Denial, anyone? He was born 35 minutes after I was wheeled into the hospital doors.

    Thankfully, I learned my lesson and proceeded to go to the hospital more quickly with #4, and we had over an hour after I walked in the doors until delivery - my OB did not move as quickly though and delivered him in her dress and heels ;)

    enjoy this babybliss time. bottle up those sweet scents and moments.

    loving your family from Michigan!


  8. Congrats on your wonderful new addition. He is absolutely beautiful. Thank goodness he was sunny side up so you didn't have him in the car! So glad you were able to come home together. Enjoy this wonderful time . There certainly is nothing like it.


  9. beautiful story! my labor was similar with my 2nd--started contractions at 7:45 am and she was born at 10:22am, barely made it to the hospital.

  10. YAY! Praise God! How wonderful to experience a birth without medication. It's hard but so worth it. I can't wait to meet him and kiss his beautiful head. And I love his name- absolutely LOVE it! :) Congrats Morrison family!

  11. Welcome sweet baby August! So happy for you guys.

  12. Congrats! So wonderful, and it's a great labor story. Enjoy him!!!

  13. Beautiful pics, and look at your gorgeous green eyes! Wow. That was a quick one. Did you deliver in Oshkosh then? It's a good thing for that sunny side up presentation to buy you the time you needed to avoid that car delivery. I was in danger of that with my first. I had my water break and arrived fully dilated, (but then I stalled out and had 3.5 hours of pushing with not much for contractions to help me out. It's a miracle we didn't end up with a c-section....anyway, we all love to tell our own stories and the birth stories are among the best ones to tell!) Blessings to you, and do your best to stay just like you are for the next 2 weeks!


  14. Wonderful story, and lovely family! I love how every hospital apparently has the same baby blankets and hats!

  15. So fabulous!! What a beautiful, precious boy. Thank you for sharing your story - gave me tears. :)

  16. Wow, so glad you made it. You're amazing Mama! Gorgeous photos, enjoy settling in... :)

  17. What a beautiful story and a beautiful boy!


  18. What a quick delivery! Beautiful pictures, I love the ones with big brother & big sister! Congrats to you all!


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